Chris Harrison calls producer’s sexual affair with Bachelor woman “embarrassing”

Bachelor host Chris Harrison has admitted that a crew member had an affair with one of the women featured in the 14th season, which debuts tonight. A male producer and the woman “found time” to have “relations,” he said on a radio show.

“It was embarrassing for us … incredibly unfortunate, [and] horrible decisions were made. This is something that we took very seriously and it’s something that we couldn’t just sit by,” he told the Valentine in the Morning radio show, according to Us Weekly. “In fairness to Jake and for the other women, [we decided to] nip this in the bud and take care of it. And that’s what we did. There’s train wrecks in this show where I’m like, ‘Oh, it’s going to be great. Let’s let them have it.’ But … I felt bad for everybody, and it was an uncomfortable deal,” he said. That differs from “things in the past, [when] we’ve been like, ‘Let’s just let the Bachelor or Bachelorette find out for themselves.’ We usually tow that line.”

Chris also said that, apparently for legal reasons, his on-camera comments were carefully planned. “This was the rare time that before I had to go talk to the girl, Jake and then the women, I had lawyers, psychologists, producers, executives saying, ‘Okay, these are the words you can say.’ It was intense. It was a wild night.”

Bachelor Host: Scandal Was “Embarrassing for Us” [Us Weekly]

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